7 Top Home Automation Gadgets to Begin Your Smart Home Journey

Smart home upgrades can make your living space more flexible and convenient. For example, you can wake up to your favorite music or podcast, thanks to smart speakers. You can have your air conditioning unit and your lights automatically switch off when you leave for work. With smart doorbells and locks, you can have a sense of peace and security when going out. 

Having a smart home is more attainable than ever, and you don’t even have to go all crazy and buy expensive gadgets; there are tons of smart devices that work just as fine but won’t break your bank. Plus, you can start slow and see which items work best for you. 

From smart climate control devices to smart doorbells, here are 5 top home automation gadgets to begin your smart home journey. 

1. Smart Thermostat or Smart AC Controller

A perfect home temperature and ideal humidity levels can take your comfort to the next level. This is the reason that smart climate control devices such as smart thermostats or smart AC controllers should be on top of your home automation gadget list. Smart AC controllers, also known as mini-split smart thermostats, work with ductless units such as mini-split, window, or portable AC, while smart thermostats work with ducted units. 

With smart climate controls, you can make any air conditioner smart! By connecting the device with your smartphone, you have all the controls in the palm of your hand. You can turn your unit on/off, change the temperature settings, control fan speed, and so much more from anywhere in the world.

Smart thermostats or smart AC controllers allow you to maintain ideal temperature and humidity levels, set daily or weekly schedules, create zones and keep track of your AC air filter cleanliness level. Moreover, they send you reports about your monthly energy usage, which can help you make the necessary changes for energy conservation.

If you hate coming to a freezing home in winter, you can use these smart climate control gadgets to turn on your heat pump an hour before your arrival. You can also set schedules, and your unit will automatically turn on at the specified time.

The Cielo Breez mini-split thermostat has a unique feature called Comfy Mode that allows you to set intelligent triggers. For example, if your room temperature or humidity goes above or falls below a pre-set value, this mode changes the AC settings accordingly.

2. Smart Air Purifier

Considering that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air, air purifiers are a must-have gadget in 2022. Air purifiers can help remove particles like dust, pollen, and even dander from your home. By removing indoor pollutants, air purifiers can help reduce your allergy and asthma symptoms and also improve your sleep quality.

Smart air purifiers are a step ahead of a simple purifier as they help you monitor your indoor air quality in real-time. Moreover, they also show which time of the day your indoor quality is at its best or worst and the kind of pollutants present inside your home.

You connect the device to the mobile app and get all the information. For example, you can use the app to check your air filter quality and set daily or weekly schedules. Smart air purifiers send you notifications when the air quality levels fall below the safety threshold or when it’s time to change or replace the filter. You can also set up an Alexa device or Google Assistant speaker and connect it with your smart air purifier for voice controls.  

3. Smart Lock

A smart lock makes a crucial part of any smart home. It allows you to unlock your home using a mobile app. In addition, the smart lock offers features such as geofencing and auto-locking. With geofencing, there is no need to worry if you forget to lock the door. You can set the perimeters using your phone, and when you leave the set location, you can have your door automatically locked behind you. The auto-lock feature automatically locks the door if it has been unlocked for a specific period of time.

Other cool features are forced entry alarms that send notifications in case of a break-in. Plus, you also get to know who’s entering or leaving in real-time. You can also integrate your smart lock with smoke alarms so you can have your doors unlocked when a smoke alarm is triggered. Moreover, you can set permanent and temporary users and set schedules for specific times and days. This comes in handy when you have guests over.

4. Smart Bulb

Want the lights in your home to automatically switch on the moment you enter the front gate? Or maybe you want to try different light spectrums depending on your mood. Then you should try installing smart bulbs in your home.  

Smart bulbs, with their smart features, create a whole new atmosphere. They offer a wide range of light spectrum from cooler to warmer tones. You can choose a different light for dawn, morning, late evening, and night. Cool, right?

You can turn on/off, dim the light, switch from warm to cool or vice versa and control all settings even when you are miles away using a mobile app. If you tend to forget to turn off your lights, you can simply do that remotely; no more energy wastage! You can sync them up with Alexa and Google Assistant for better-integrated control over voice. The smart bulb also offers features such as scheduling, sleep timers, and automatic vacation mode lighting.

5. Smart Doorbell

Smart doorbells work just like security cameras with added features, making them a top home automation gadget.

They function by detecting motion or when someone presses the bell. For example, when a visitor arrives at your front door, a smart doorbell senses using motion detectors and notifies you that someone’s at the door via your phone. Smart bells offer real-time video to let you see who’s outside, and you can also talk and let them answer using a two-way audio system. You can even see who came to visit you when you were not at home through the smart bell’s camera, providing live video on your phone. They also come with a night vision and allow you to see during nighttime. In addition, some smart bells with advanced AI features can recognize people and identify familiar faces.

6. Smart Speaker

Smart speakers are basically voice-assisted virtual assistants equipped with artificial intelligence such as Alexa or Google Assistant.

In addition to playing songs and giving you weather updates, they can carry out various tasks for you, such as setting your alarm, turning off the lights, noting your to-do list, and even controlling other smart home devices. So, for example, if you are relaxing in your living room and just remembered that the basement heat pump is still on, you can tell your smart speaker to turn it off. 

7. Smart Vacuum

Vacuuming the whole house is a chore that every homeowner dreads. Grabbing the vacuum and trying to get rid of dust and debris in every corner can indeed be overwhelming. 

But fret not, there is good news! You can switch to smart vacuums, also known as robot vacuums.

Smart vacuums can make your life so much easier. You can connect it with your smartphone and schedule a cleaning, spot clean certain areas that are more likely to be dirty, and create floor maps of your house. The scheduling feature allows you to run the vacuum when you are not home, and you come back to a clean house every single day. Doesn’t that sound like a dream?

Some models even come with a mopping feature with a separate water tank and are designed to avoid carpets while mopping. The advanced models also have a self-emptying feature that transfers the trash into a bag, making the cleaning process way too simple. 

Smart homes make your life simple, convenient, and, when integrated with smart security devices – a lot safer. In addition to making your life easy, the home automation gadgets also save your precious time and money while also conserving energy. 

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